UC Merced Update masthead

April 20, 2012


Facebook Twitter News Blog


Support the 2012 Class Gift

Alumni, faculty, staff, students and campus friends are encouraged to support the 2012 Class Gift. Nearly 400 graduating students have already contributed to their class gift. You can go online to learn more and make a gift in honor of our graduating students. The 2012 Class Gift will be wireless Internet hot spots installed at outdoor locations on campus — beginning with the Carol Tomlinson Keasey Quad. Please help this year’s graduating class realize their dream to let future students study anywhere on campus.

Alumni Network Spring Reception — April 26

Join our San Joaquin Valley UC Alumni Network in honoring the Class of 2012 at the annual class gift fundraiser beginning at 5:30 p.m. April 26 in the Summits Room (Located across from the Lake Lot). In addition to donating all proceeds to the 2012 Class Gift, the SJV UC Alumni Network will also be honoring Carolyn Vara, a UC Davis alumna and proud supporter of UC Merced. All are welcome. Cost: $25. RSVP to specialevents@ucmerced.edu or 209-228-RSVP.

Commencement Volunteers Needed

Volunteers are needed to assist in planning and executing a memorable commencement ceremony for the Class of 2012. Save the date for May 12 and visit http://commencement.ucmerced.edu/volunteer to sign up today.

Alumni Highlight

Alum Makes a Difference in Morocco

Socorra CamposantoFor Socorra Camposanto, her proudest accomplishment since graduating from UC Merced in 2009 has been joining the Peace Corps where she serves as a youth educational educator.

“I have had the opportunity to share what I have learned both in and out of the classroom at Merced, and share it with the youth in my community,” Camposanto said.

Her favorite part about her involvement in the Peace Corps has been meeting new people from all over the globe.


Impact: Students Flex Entrepreneurial Muscle
Impact video
View on YouTube


Go to events.ucmerced.edu to find out what’s happening on campus now.


Energy Speaker Series

Psychological Sciences Talk Series

MTS Lecture Series

Conversations with Entrepreneurs Speaker Series

Bobcat Art Show

The 2012 Bobcat Art Show runs until April 27. Art entries can be seen in the UC Merced Art Gallery (in the Social Sciences and Management Building) and in the Kolligian Library.

For more information, see the event's website or contact Gail Benedict at arts@ucmerced.edu or 209-228-4566.

University Friends Circle –
May 1

The University Friends Circle (UFC) will meet 5:30 to 7 p.m. May 1 at the University House for hors d’oeuvres and the annual Student Award and Scholarship presentation.


UC Merced provides unparalleled academic and staff opportunities, as well as opportunities for vendors and contractors who are helping to build the university. Check our online listings often.


Total amount of awards in March:

Total amount of awards from July 1, 2011 to March 31, 2012:




Growing Partnerships

Chancellor Dorothy Leland, Dean Mark Aldenderfer and U.S. Ambassador to Nepal Scott H. DeLisi


Chancellor Dorothy Leland went to Nepal in April with Dean Mark Aldenderfer of the School of Social Sciences, Humanities and Arts. While there, they met with U.S. Ambassador to Nepal Scott H. DeLisi at 14th century Ghar Gompa in Lo Gekar, site of one of the American Himalayan Foundation's projects in Nepal.

Leland and Aldenderfer visited fragile cultural and archeological sites and met with Nepalese partners about preserving the cultural and archeological record. As an ambassadorial delegation, Leland and Aldenderfer discussed potential cultural, archeological and environmental sustainability projects with funding partners and ways for the campus to partner in these areas.

Chancellor Leland Receives UC Medal During Investiture

Mark G. Yudof, orothy Leland and Sherry Lansing

UC President Mark G. Yudof, UC Merced Chancellor Dorothy Leland and UC Board of Regents Chairwoman Sherry Lansing during Leland's investiture ceremony on March 28.


UC Merced Chancellor Dorothy Leland has received the Chancellor's Medal, which is a symbol of her official investiture as the third chancellor of the campus.

UC President Mark G. Yudof presented Leland with the medal on March 28. The medal is presented to incoming chancellors as a symbol that they have been formally vested with the responsibilities and rights of the office. Given the current budget climate, Leland opted for a low-key celebration during the previously scheduled UC Regents dinner, which regularly coincides with their meetings.
[Read more]

Merced Native Takes Reins as First Full-Time Medical Director

Brandon BoggsAfter two months on the job, UC Merced’ first full-time medical director has already entrenched himself in campus life and understanding student needs.

Dr. Brandon Boggs, a Merced native, has practiced emergency medicine for the past 10 years, including seven as medical director for an emergency department in Oakdale. Early in his career he worked as a family practitioner in private practice with a cardiologist and pulmonologist, and served as medical director of large nursing and rehabilitation center.


Continued Smoking Can Spread Cancer, Research Shows

Henry FormanCigarette smoke cannot only cause cancer, but it's also responsible for the spread of it, according to research by UC Merced biochemistry Professor Henry Jay Forman.

Forman discovered tobacco smoke activates an enzyme — called Src — that causes cancer cells to spread to other parts of the body. The study appeared in the April 15 edition of Free Radical Biology and Medicine.

Cigarette smoke is the major cause of lung cancer, Forman said, but nearly half of lung cancer patients remain active smokers. Nonetheless, researchers haven't understood how cigarette smoke causes cancer to metastasize.
[Read more]

Researchers Discover Protein Critical for Tissue Regeneration

Néstor OviedoMA flatworm known for its ability to regenerate cells is shedding more light on how cancer could be treated and how regenerative medicine could better target diseases, according to UC Merced researchers.

Biology Professor Néstor Oviedo has shown that signaling by a protein called Target of Rapamycin (TOR) — found in humans and most other mammals — is crucial for planaria's unique tissue regeneration. Disabling the protein prevents the flatworm’s regrowth, a sign that disabling it in abnormal cells could prevent the growth of a cancer. The research was published online in the Journal of Cell Science.
[Read more]


Graduate Student's Urban Art Research has Global Reach

Marco ValesiGraduate student Marco Valesi is turning a scholarly lens on an emerging form of expression.

He searches cities for art that appears without the approval of authorities. Few scholars across the globe document and interpret this kind of unsanctioned work, termed "urban art."

UC Merced’s World Cultures graduate group lets Valesi focus his study in a way that might be difficult at more traditional schools.
[Read more]

Excitement Grows After Inaugural Varsity Sports Season
Aki Chambers

UC Merced's Aki Chambers led the California Pacific Conference in scoring and was named to the all-conference first team.


The field is set for more success next year after UC Merced student-athletes earned top honors and played to impressive crowds during the debut season of varsity sports.

Last fall, more than 50 student-athletes competed in men’s basketball, women’s volleyball and men’s and women’s cross country — the Bobcats’ first season in the California Pacific Conference of the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA).

“We have a great group of student-athletes, coaches and staff who worked extremely hard this season,” said David Dunham, the campus’ director of recreation and athletics.
[Read more]

UC Merced



We want to hear from you. Do you have a question or comment about UC Merced Update? Is there a campus-related topic or issue you’d like us to address? Or would you like to unsubscribe? Please contact Brenda Ortiz or call 209-228-4203 with your questions, feedback and requests.